Alexandria Reid is a Senior Global Policy Adviser at Global Witness, focused on preventing the financing of deforestation through regulatory change in the UK, EU, US and China.
Her expertise covers a range of topics related to organised environmental crime, illicit trade, financial crime and related illicit financial flows.
She was formerly a Senior Research Fellow at RUSI and Deputy Chair of the Strategic Hub for Organised Crime Research (SHOC).
Alexandria holds an MA (Distinction) in Conflict, Security and Development, and a BA in War Studies (First Class Honours), both from King’s College London, where she was awarded the Sir Michael Howard Award for Excellence 2013-2016.
Prior to joining RUSI, she was Communications Manager of Strife Blog and Journal, and a Research Administrator at the King’s Centre for Military Health Research. She has conducted fieldwork and research in the UK, Europe and across Africa.
She is co-author of the book ‘Ports, Crime and Security: Governing and Policing Seaports in a Changing World’, published in 2021 by the Bristol University Press.
She can be found on Twitter at: @AlexHREID
Representatives from Global Witness and Client Earth are among the witnesses questioned on the Government’s proposed regulatory approach under set o Schedule 17 of the Environment Act
Alexandria Reid, Senior Policy Advisor for Deforestation and Finance at Global Witness
"Massive private investment fuels the production of key agri-commodities such as rubber, palm oil, cattle products, soy, pulp and paper, and timber, yet little to no due diligence is conducted on those supply chains, clients or transactions even though we know that those industries are extremely vulnerable to deforestation and human rights abuses. This opens the door to laundering the co-mingled illicit profits made by businesses in those sectors," said Alexandria Reid, senior policy advisor for deforestation and finance at Global Witness in London.